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Using Reflections by R. Fletcher

How it can be used as a Mentor Text
  • Table of contents to find the part you are interested in reading about/ also a way of organizing your writing
  • Captions on pictures
  • Starts with a vingette (short story reader can relate to) to make a connection to his writing life (pg 5)
  • Introduction- reason wrote book and what can be expected
  • Non-fiction that includes emotions (“my heart sank”, “I wanted to cry.”- pg 8)
  • Compares lost manuscript to “his lost child”- personification- pg 8
  • Reasons for parenthesis
  • Reasons for quotation marks other than dialogue (“War”- pg10)
  • Different types of punctuation ( – : ; )
  • Comma in a series
  • Use of italics (ick- pg 12)
  • Compares his 17 year old brother to an unfinished manuscript full of potential (powerful)- pg 12
  • Writes from childhood experiences
  • Combination of photos, text excerpts, pics of his own notebook, map- why did author choose for each page?
  • Uses a writer’s notebook and discusses how and why…what’s in there (pg 23-29)
  • Takes reader through process of drafting (pg 36-38)
  • Use of bold print
  • Use of Q & A (interview and open-ended questions that lead to answers)

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